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The Script Revolution blog is all about articles that may help screenwriters and filmmakers develop their craft, maximise opportunities, and stay updated on the latest news about the site. This isn't a place where you'll find fear-mongering and browbeating, nor is it a conduit for rule delusions and service advertising. Guest posts are more than welcome and offer a way for members to generate a little more exposure for themselves. If you have a blog post you'd like to submit, then you can contact me by clicking here - CJ

CJ Walley 01 Oct 2017 1

Yes, all one thousand plus you, because that's what happened this month. Shoutout to Elissa Hofelt for being the member that pushed us over four figures. Delighted to have so many of you onboard. This month, I've been able to bring in a lot of minor improvements along with some more major features to help scripts standout and assist industry members in finding what they're looking for - CJ

CJ Walley 05 Sep 2017 1

It's happened! Just 13 months after Script Revolution launched, we've had our 1,000th member join the revolution. Elissa Hofelt was the member who tripped the counter over this milestone. Elissa is a long time writer with several options under her belt with a pilot and feature current making the rounds. Thanks Elissa!

J.E. Clarke 30 Aug 2017 0

Here’s a story about the famous artist Picasso – one you may have heard before: A stranger interrupted Picasso at his evening meal. Producing a napkin from his pocket, the man asked: “Could you sketch something for me? I’ll pay you for it.  Name your price.”  Picasso grabbed a charcoal pencil, and rapidly sketched a goat. It took only a few strokes, yet was unmistakably a Picasso. The man reached for the napkin, but Picasso pulled it back. “You owe me $100,000”. The man was outraged. “$100,000? Why? That took no more than 30 seconds to draw!” Picasso threw the drawing away. “You are wrong...

John Hunter 23 Aug 2017 0

“I’m an artist. I don’t concern myself with such mundane things as financial reality or production costs…" Well, good luck with that. Meanwhile back in the real world, other struggling writers are trying to cut costs to help get empty pocket projects on screens. The Holy Grail for nascent filmmakers is, of course, a single location, one person script and no FX which can be shot with a single iPhone in ambient light. Big Studio have decided to go another way. It is an important thing to know and understand the difference.

CJ Walley 01 Aug 2017 0

It's hard to believe that, one year ago, I was bookending a month's solid work with the launch of this site. As I sat there ready to click the button and face the world, all I had was faith in other screenwriters believing we could band together to bring change. It was a true "if you build it, they will come" moment that's been realised with tremendous belief and adoption by screenwriters the world over. This is where I get to say thank you, thank you so very, very much.

CJ Walley 31 Jul 2017 2

Tomorrow, Script Revolution turns one year old and I can’t believe how fast it’s gone. I secretly hoped 1,200 scripts would be uploaded by now and that goal has been smashed. On average, 127 scripts are uploaded, 73 members sign-up, and over 1,300 scripts are downloaded on Script Revolution per month. Despite all the haters out there still trying to dismiss what we’re doing, Script Revolution is gaining more and more support every day. A sincere thank you to all those who’ve put faith into this in year one. - CJ

J.E. Clarke 19 Jul 2017 1

Once you’ve been in the scriptwriting biz for a while, a number of questions just… emerge.

In my particular experience, queries such as these: How do you manage to write so damned fast? What’s your method for bringing ideas to life? Followed by: What the fuck’s wrong with you? Can you connect me with your dealer? What the hell are you going to do with your life?

CJ Walley 14 Jun 2017 8

Before we get into this, I want you to sit down and be prepared for a bittersweet ending. You see, this isn’t one of those blog posts where I encourage every writer to keep fighting, this is a heartfelt and open case for why I may have to quit. I feel it’s about time we had a little conversation about how utterly life destroying the screenwriting dream can be.

John Hunter 07 Jun 2017 0

On the occasion of finishing the first pages of yet another unsolicited and highly speculative script, I ask myself, “Does the world really need one more sample of my writing? My voice must be known by now to everyone within a tri-county area...” 

In a brief and uncommon moment of clarity, the answer is a resounding, “NO.” As I glance at the Save The Pixels Federation pamphlet, images of baby seals being clubbed to death fill my head.

CJ Walley 01 Jun 2017 0

There's not a great deal to report this month and there will be no newsletter at the end of June as I'm going to be unavailable during that time. This also means Monthly Mutiny will be running for two months this time round. Sign-ups and script uploads have been a little slow lately, but there's some great success stories I'll get to later in this blog.

J.E. Clarke 24 May 2017 3

Okay Wunderkins, think quick: what’s the most annoying movie archetype?

The sort that - after hearing a character utter their first lines - you become painfully aware you’re trapped in a theater with a walking, talking cliché; one you’ve encountered countless times before.  A 2d cardboard cutout with zero surprises up their sleeve.  One glimpse, and you’ve got their every move sussed out.  So why are they (and the film’s producers) now wasting your precious time?

Shawn Davis 17 May 2017 14

As some of you know, I’ve been writing now for about 10 years. I have discovered several key things in those years and something new I just learned recently.

As a writer, I have the ability to create my own world. I’ve done just that in several of my works. I’ve had interest in those works and I’ve even had some options executed. Also as a writer, I can determine at what level I want to run at.

J.E. Clarke 10 May 2017 3

You nasty, filthy pervert. No, not in the Hentai way.

But remember the good old days when 2D Animation was a viable, awe-inspiring art form –just starting to trickle to the bleeding edge? 

I mean, way back in the 1970-80s: prehistoric times to Millennials, of course:

CJ Walley 01 May 2017 0

So, last month, I asked everyone to share the love and talk to their friends about Script Revolution, which I didn’t really see happen anywhere online but something happened somewhere behind the scenes. We saw 90 new members join up this month, the most since the site started. Thank you for those who are spreading the good word. A huge number of hits came in from this excellent article "Lessons Learned From Trying to Break Into Professional...

CJ Walley 22 Apr 2017 12

This week has been a turbulent one in screenwriting. You could easily have missed it. Entwined within the drama was a historical turning point in the screenwriting world and what looks like the beginning of a new fight between creatives and capitalists. We have entered a new age of artificial intelligence that’s going to affect us in ways we never imagined how.

Fiona Faith Ross 12 Apr 2017 5

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, hoping for a different result1. This aphorism, or meme, as we call them now, applies to writers, and in particular to screenwriters. In my blog post exploring the theme of "Never give up", I made the case for battling on, since practice makes perfect and everybody knows that overnight success takes decades, especially for writers. However, my obsessive persistence tells me that - to steal a cliché so worn it's positively polished – you don't have to be mad to be a screenwriter, but it helps.

John Hunter 05 Apr 2017 1

The latest nugget of scriptwriting wisdom goes like this, “Write something new - Something never before seen.”

I have read (or heard?) there are really only about 5 or 6 basic stories.

Because I was hung over that day in class and unable to take proper notes, I’ll make something up: Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Girl, Monster Eats Boy, The Dog Ate My Homework and Murder Most Foul.

CJ Walley 04 Apr 2017 0

Last month it was 1000 scripts and this month it's 500 members. Alex Norman was the person to trip the counter over to this milestone. Alex is a film fan who's studying...

Stephen Barber 29 Mar 2017 0

What "trimming" an Airplane has taught me about, Screenwriting.  More than you can imagine, and, no, the action's were not similarly executed. However, both had a direct impact on my "attitude." Let me explain- 

Over ten years ago my serious run toward a Private Pilot's license was executed in full stride.  At a time in my life, (before marriage - before children) the responsibilities in my life were making certain I had money to pay for rent and food.

J.E. Clarke 22 Mar 2017 2

A long, long time ago, in a ‘burb quite far away...

Sat an impressionable young girl; who knows how old?  Thirteen perhaps. Maybe twelve.

A life-long tomboy, she was a voracious reader as well.  One whom her much older cousin (theoretically, let’s call him “Roger”) knew was into tall tales. For instance, Star Trek and Tom Baker/Peter Davidson’s Dr. Who.

One day, Roger handed the girl some magazines.  Their titles? Amazing Stories and Analog.

Within those pages, she found the literary equivalent of the Holy Grail – a treasure...

Fiona Faith Ross 15 Mar 2017 2

I'm always suspicious of the advice to "Never give up", and on a bad day, I fear the exhortation is delivered with a vicious irony, the smile of encouragement hiding a secret desire to inflict further pain on the rambling deluded fool who thinks he's A Writer. If it's painfully obvious to everyone except your Mum that your screenplays aren't up to scratch, isn't it kinder to be dealt some incisive coverage from a battle-scarred pro to put you out of your misery? Excruciating sex scene, anyone? Ouch, add the writer to your "Do Not Date" list, and, warming to the theme of severe mental...

CJ Walley 09 Mar 2017 0

Major congrats to Script Revolution member Pete Barry who's currently penning the new Robin Hood Stand-Alone Drama "Marian" for Sony, a project which has now attached Margot Robbie to star. More details can be found in The Hollywood Reporter article here. But, before that, we highly recommend any aspiring filmmakers check out our...

J.E. Clarke 08 Mar 2017 5

Ready to digest an immutable Fact of Life? Here’s one tasty treat: 

The world of screenwriting bursts with vibrant contradiction.  Downright Schizophrenic levels of it, no less.

Talk to anyone who’s dipped their toe in the murky waters of film.  They’ll scramble to tell you what lurks just below the surface… Sharks, of the Format Nazi kind.

Hand to heart. We’ll swear on our latest copy of Final Draft; it’s true. The screenwriting world is full of BS.  Excuse me, make that “rules.”

Don’t get me wrong (or quote this out of...

CJ Walley 05 Mar 2017 22

Imagine you fire up Final Draft one day to find you’d been locked out of using it or opening your screenplays. Picture logging into Celtx to learn your account had been terminated and your drafts removed. Envisage firing up your computer to discover your DropBox account had deleted all your working files. This nightmare scenario may sound crazy but, if you are a writer dependent on Amazon Studios, it might be a very real possibility — and you may need to jump ship as soon as you can

CJ Walley 04 Mar 2017 0

Last month it was 1000 scripts and this month it's 500 members. Alex Norman was the person to trip the counter over to this milestone. Alex is a film fan who's studying screenwriting craft and hoping to enter some screenwriting comps. I say good luck to you, Alex, you were certainly a blessing signing up here. We've seen a real surge in sign-ups lately so thank you to all who are spreading the good word about Script Revolution.


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